The short, sharp Cranbrook Bucks road trip – Cranbrook Daily Townsman
It was a short, brisk road trip the Cranbrook Bucks took this past weekend, and they returned home with a loss and a win for their travels.
The victory, however, on Saturday, November 6, was against the Coastal Conference’s first-place team – the Langley Rivermens, in a shootout victory. The loss came on Friday against the West Kelowna Warriors – the Bucks’ third meeting this season with their Okanagan rivals.
Friday’s competition was a back-and-forth fight, with teams exchanging goals and the header. Goals from Cam Kungle, Luke Pfoh and Brendan Rodgers (with three seconds left in the second period), tied the two teams in the third period at 3-3. But the Warriors scored three unanswered goals in the third (including an empty net at 5:40 p.m.), despite heavy pressure from the Bucks (who ended up beating the Warriors 37-27), and Cranbrook’s winning streak came to an end. completed at three Games.
Nathan Airey made 21 saves for the Bucks goal.
Kungle and Rodgers’ goals were their first of the season, when the Bucks made their first visit to West Kelowna. The Warriors lead the season series with the Bucks 2-1.
He then traveled to the Fraser Valley for the Bucks’ first-ever meeting with the Coastal Conference leading Langley Rivermen (7-1-1-1).
The Bucks continued their trend to outsmart their opponents in the first period, with a 9-8 advantage over Langley, but the Rivermens came first in the table, scoring in the fifth minute of the second period. Tyson Dyck leveled things off with a power play goal, but Langley restored his lead just 38 seconds later.
AJ Vasko scored his first goal of the season for Cranbrook in the third. Riley Wallack gave Langley the lead again, but Tyson Dyck wouldn’t have refused, getting his second of the night (and his third point of the night), and the teams went into overtime – the first overtime for the Bucks this season.
Despite the tide of three-on-three action in overtime, the game ended in penalties. Liam Hansson’s shootout goal for the Bucks and a few net exploits courtesy of Evan Garnter gave the Bucks the 4-3 shootout victory. And their first road victory of the season.
The Bucks outscored the Rivermens 37-30. They are now 3-1 against Coastal Conference teams.
Tyson Dyck is now the Bucks’ leading scorer and 11th in the BCHL.
The Bucks’ next action returns home to Western Financial Place on Friday, November 12 against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. They then immediately hit the road to Salmon Arm to face the Silverbacks on Saturday, November 13 at the Shaw Center.
With files from cranbrookbucks.ca